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U.S. Marine Corps Corporal Miguel Angel Simental, a Purple Heart recipient from McAllen, Texas, is a man of faith, family and service to our country.
Miguel joined the Marines after high school, with plans to serve a career in the military. In 2004, Miguel and his team were deployed for Operation Iraqi Freedom II, where he served as his convoy’s radio operator. During a routine resupply mission, an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) detonated in a crowded market and hit the troop-carrying compartment of Miguel’s vehicle. Shrapnel from the explosion struck Miguel in numerous places and nearly severed his leg. Due to Miguel’s servant and unselfish character, his fellow Marines recall him apologizing profusely for being unable to continue assisting them following the blast. Miguel was evacuated from the scene and underwent extensive surgery, though his injuries ultimately required amputation of his left leg.
In addition to his amputation, Miguel’s experiences in combat resulted in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), migraine headaches, spine and knee injuries and tinnitus.
Miguel was recognized for his service with a Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Rifle Expert Badge, Pistol Marksman Badge and many more.
After retiring from the Marines, Miguel trained to become a police officer, but his combat-related injuries prevented him from serving. Though his inability to continue working was difficult, he credits his wife, Marlene, and three daughters for helping him through his most difficult hours. He describes them saying, “these four wonderful beings have been a God send to me. They keep me going in this life of mine.” As a family, the Simentals enjoy movie nights and spending quality time together.
Operation FINALLY HOME along with Verturo Interests, H-E-B and the City of McAllen are thrilled to provide the Simental family with a custom-built, mortgage-free home in McAllen, Texas.